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Beauty Like the Night (Sonnet Books) Mass Market Paperback – Nov 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743410548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743410540
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During her frequent travels to London, Liz always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or a rout. Alas, none has been forthcoming. While waiting, however, she has managed to learn where all the damp, dark alleys and low public houses can be found.

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"Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master's touch."

-- "New York Times" bestselling author Karen Robards --This text refers to the Turtleback edition.

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The newly invested Earl of Treyhern stood at his bedroom window, absently sipping tepid coffee, and pondering the state of his life, when his black traveling coach spun merrily into the long drive, returning from its errand in the nearby village of Cheston. Read the first page
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2004
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This was one of the first novels by Liz Carlyle I ever read and I'm now proud to say I own ALL of them. You simply can not stop at reading just one. She's like chocolate, only without the somewhat negative side effects!
Story: Helene de Severs, daughter of a very "merry" widow, is sent for by the Earl of Treyhern to care for his daughter. Helene has experience with healing traumatized children, and Arianne needs her help.
When she arrives she is rather shocked when she learns the identity of the earl, and he's as upset as she is because... well, you'll find out when you get the book!
Helping Arianne turns out to be quite a challenge, since it involves dealing with Cam (the earl), his troublesome brother Bentley, the memory of Cam's first wife, ...
Besides feeling the intensity of emotions of the main characters we also get to see inside Arianne's head, we are witness to the brittle relationship between the earl and his brother (we get his story in THE DEVIL YOU KNOW and it's equally compelling!!) and there's a strong element of suspense.
If you're looking for a beautifully written, full, rich, intelligent, emotional, sexy novel, you can NOT go wrong with Liz Carlyle!! There's a reason she's my favorite author!!
Other recommends: anything else she ever wrote, especially A woman of virtue, No true gentleman and Bentley's book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on 11 Jun. 2009
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A few months ago I discovered Liz Carlyle and read my first one out of order of writing. Since then I started again from her first one and have loved every one of them; Beauty Like the Night was so very enjoyable and the pages seethe with pent up emotions that have burned for years. I also appreciated that once Camden had sorted his head out he was strong enough to follow his heart. Lovely!! Strength in a man is so becoming.

Although I had the story pegged from quite early on I thought the writing concerning Ariane was excellent. Also, having read the book that links all the people in this book later on in 'The Devil You Know' the background was filled in quite nicely.

I love the way that Liz Carlyle connects one book with a later one and I love the passion she evokes each time. I have quite a few now in my bedside cabinet all waiting to be devoured, in order; I know that I will enjoy every single one.
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Based on other reviews, I bought Liz Carlyle's books in chronological order, without checking that the books fall into series of family stories - consequently I have bought the first six books which span two different families, up to and including Devil you Know which so many reviewers have praised highly. I am reading Beauty Like the Night at present, and I have really enjoyed the two previous books and this one; quite a different slant on the historical romance formula, with adults who come to relationships complete with children from previous relationships. However, what is spoiling the story-telling for me is the misuse of vocabulary - there are several instances, but a recurring one is someone turning 'incrementally' towards another person. As far as I know incrementally means 'in small amounts' and generally refers to pay rises or similar. I have never heard it used for a person's physical action. I have also read 'avaricious' used where I think something like 'rapacious' would be more appropriate; avarice is greed for money, and does not refer to a person's moral behaviour. I wish it didn't bother me, because I am so enjoying the books, but I think when I have read the six I have, I shall have to put this author aside. Awful shame.

** Feb 2015. I have read the books chronologically up to and including 'The Devil you Know' Although I stand by my original comments about vocabulary in the earlier books, this book doesn't have that problem, whether a function of new editors, proof readers or the author herself. Even if, like me, you find the misuse of verbs and nouns irritating, don't be put off reading these books in order - by the time you get to TDYK you will be caught up in the stories of the various families and the vocabulary seems to have sorted itself out!! I shall definitely be continuing with the series.
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